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1. Are the Bills a top candidate to open the 2021 NFL season in Tampa?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the opening game of the 2021 NFL season as the defending Super Bowl champions. The Bills are set to play in Tampa during the upcoming season. That means there's a chance Buffalo vs. Tampa Bay could be the season opener.

ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio thinks it might be the Bills because it would make for a compelling matchup.

The Buccaneers, winners of Super Bowl LV, will host the Week One opener on the first Thursday of the next season.

Here are the options, beyond the three NFC South rivals: Dolphins, Giants, Bears, Bills, and Cowboys.

The NFL usually looks for an interesting matchup. The most interesting would be the Saints, Bills, or Cowboys.


2. Where the Bills rank in this early 2021 power rankings poll

As the 2020 season closes, the 2021 season inches closer. ESPN released their way-too-early NFL Power Rankings as the new league year begins on March 17. According to ESPN, the Bills rank above the Super Bowl champions at No. 2.

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2020 record: 13-3

Offseason in three or fewer words: We'll be back

They were perhaps the three words uttered most often by Bills players and staff following a loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Buffalo is equipped to make another run in the AFC but will require some tweaks to do so. The Bills will need to hit in this year's draft as they do gymnastics with a diminishing salary cap. But with so many core players either on rookie deals or already locked in, they are built to make another run to the AFC title game. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

Kansas City is No. 1, Green Bay is No. 3, Tampa Bay is No. 4 and the LA Rams are No. 5 in the way-too-early NFL Power Rankings.

3. Four Bills make PFF's top 101 players list

With the new league year just over a month away, PFF ranked their top 101 players from the 2020 season. Four Buffalo Bills made the list with two players being in the top 20 conversation.


One of the most incredible improvements of any player in the league, Josh Allen went from being a quarterback with incredible tools who flashed the occasional big-play ability to a genuine All-Pro caliber quarterback who was making incredible plays on a weekly basis. Josh Allen also remarkably went from 30th in adjusted completion rate in 2019 to sixth in that metric this season, becoming one of the most accurate passers in football after struggling badly with that in college and early in his NFL career.


Diggs wanted out of Minnesota because he didn't believe that the Vikings would ever give him the kind of workload he felt his play deserves. And he was thoroughly vindicated by his first season in Buffalo, which saw him lead the league in receiving yardage (1,535), targets (162) and receptions (127). Diggs maintained the exceptional play he showed as a Viking and just had more opportunities to showcase it within Buffalo's offense, with Josh Allen looking his way whenever he could throughout the season.


Few players generate the level of separation that Cole Beasley does for the Buffalo Bills, even if he operated primarily from the slot or underneath. Beasley was one of the biggest benefactors of Josh Allen's development this season, catching 80.7% of passes thrown his way, up more than 12 percentage points from a season ago. Beasley generated a passer rating of 109.8 for Allen including the playoffs.


Buffalo's franchise left tackle had another impressive season, finishing the year with an overall PFF grade of 80.6, the second time in his career he has broken 80. Dion Dawkins had PFF grades of at least 75 in both pas protection and as a run blocker and was the embodiment of solid when blocking on Josh Allen's blindside.

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